4 teens accused in weekend crime spree could be tried as adults

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Prosecutors filed notices seeking to transfer all four teens accused in a weekend crime spree to adult court.

The four teens are accused of kidnapping a 28-year-old man and his parents from South Highland Street and then robbing all of them.

Collierville Police Department said two 15-year-old girls, a 16-year-old boy, and a 17-year-old boy used a gun to force the victim to drive them to his parent's house. Two of the underage suspects are brother and sister.

Once there, the teens stole guns from the home and made the victim's parents give them $500.

"This is certainly not the norm. And this is not what I would want people to associate with the Highland Strip or with any of the businesses in the university district," Belltower Coffeehouse co-owner Christopher Galbreath said.

"Security One is patrolling around here every day from when we show up to long after we leave, so [it] really surprised me because I've never heard of anything like that happening over here," Belltower Coffeehouse co-owner Micah Dempsey said.

The four suspected criminals all made Juvenile Court appearances Monday with their parents present.

Galbreath and Dempsey said the age of the suspects is particularly discouraging to them because they are all under the age of 21.

"It's really sad, really really sad. Because Micah and I hear comments all the time about how you guys are so young; you're doing all this stuff. We're very aware of the fact that at a young age you can be doing things that can have a huge impact on your life way down the road," Galbreath said.

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